It’s hard to fund a travel lifestyle because there is often no guarantee of fixed income and multiple restrictions because of things like visas. However, employers can work this out for you, and you can offer your skills using the web or even odd jobs such as walking dogs for other people.
Travel for Your Career
There are many things you can do to make money when moving around. But what about moving around because it is your career? That’s like a dream for some people, and you can make it a reality. For example, if you have the necessary skills and certification, travel nursing jobs are a great way to see new places, meet new people, and gain invaluable skills. You could also work for technical services such as network installations that require you to travel for your job.
I travel for work a lot, in fact, my first international trip to Japan was with work. We didn’t have as much time to explore as I would’ve liked, but we had a few extra days to explore Kyoto and Kanazawa.
Fund a Travel Lifestyle with Online Work
Moving around, especially if you go through multiple countries, means you are restricted in the types of work you can do. Yet online work offers you a good compromise because you are offering services over the web. There are roughly 160 million people signed up to work sites that get paid for services such as writing, web design, and programming. However, be aware that there are laws around this, and they mainly relate to taxes, so always look into it beforehand.
At the same time, many digital nomads are missing certain key components in their workplace, as working from hotel rooms or cafes can pose a challenge. For this reason, some are opting for coworking spaces while traveling.
Teach Languages in Foreign Countries
Being able to speak more than one language is a huge advantage in the modern job market. And it is also a vital skill if you happen to travel a lot. One of the best ways you can put this to use is by offering your language skills in teaching. Countries such as Japan and South Korea are always looking for teachers fluent in their native languages and English. Because of this, you can often have a visa fast-tracked and earn good money while getting to live in stunning places.
Work at Various Hostels
Hostels are like the backbone of budget travel, and they can offer a great way to see many places without spending too much money. Yet you can also make money from hostels by offering your services or get to stay free of charge. Some ideas include the following:
- Help with the day-to-day tasks such as cleaning the rooms.
- Put your cooking skills to use with any food preparation.
- Help organize events that the hostel holds for their guests.
- Teach wellbeing classes such as yoga, tai chi, or meditation.
- Offer technical support such as cybersecurity for digital nomads.
Hostels need cleaning and food preparation just like any other accommodation. But you can also offer unique activities that a hostel may pay you for that will benefit guests. And if you have any technical skills, there is always the chance you can assist with these for guests and hostels.
Sell Things You Make at Pop-Up Stores
If you already travel a lot, you have probably already seen the little pop-up stores in cities and towns. These include artistry, photography, and various other crafts. Tourists and city-dwellers alike love these kinds of things, and as a traveler, you may have some unique things to sell. Of course, you may need permits, and you need to know where to sell. But you can easily find all of this information on any local or official websites within the town or city you are visiting.
Walk Dogs to Fund a Travel Lifestyle
In the United States alone, there are almost 50 million homes that own at least one dog. Yet, with busy lifestyles and little time, many people don’t have the time to walk their dogs as much as they need to. This is where you come in. You can walk dogs, get the exercise you need, and make friends along the way as you move from city to city. People will pay good money for you to look after their “babies,” and you can even charge cash-in-hand or use apps like Venmo.
Move Around Seasonally
Seasons are amazing, and they all offer something unique. But you can avoid the worst of each and embrace the best by moving around. Additionally, there is always work available according to each season. For example, apple farming is typically done in early fall. This is a great time of year to work outdoors because it’s not too hot and not too cold. You can also go where the work takes you, moving from one job to another or Australia for summer when it’s winter in the US.
You can consider jobs that require you to move around to fund a travel lifestyle. But if you are on a budget, working at hostels can bag you free accommodation. Or you can move around between seasons to find the type of work you enjoy doing outdoors, for example.